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Sam Odom to present SOE Brown Bag talk on Wednesday

Sam Odom, director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, will present a School of Education Research Brown bag talk on Wednesday. The title of Odom’s talk is “An Implementation Science Approach to Professional Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” The session will be held in Peabody 02 at noon. Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people at each of this year's Brown Bag talks. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. '77, Ph.D. '80) and Metametrics, Inc.

Symposium, graduate student visitation day, Alumni Awards dinner planned for Nov. 16

The School of Education will host its annual Alumni Awards dinner in conjunction with a daylong research symposium exploring the topic "Education for a New Era" on Nov. 16. The School’s annual graduate student visitation day will also be held that day, with attendees invited to attend some symposium events. The symposium will feature School of Education faculty leading discussions exploring hot topics in education. The Alumni Awards event will honor four alumni, and James Gallagher, senior scientist emeritus and former director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, will be given the Peabody Award, the School's highest honor. RSVP for the symposium or Alumni Awards events by sending an email to Laurie Norman, Prospective graduate students interested in attending the visitation day should contact Derek Neverosky at

LEARN NC, Microsoft launch ChronoZoom curriculum

LEARN NC and Microsoft Research have implemented a pilot curriculum that supports the new online tool ChronoZoom in two classrooms. Whitfield School in St. Louis and Lincoln Academy in Greensboro are the first two schools in the country to use to the inquiry-based modules. Microsoft will film a case study and tutorial video featuring students and teachers in both schools, and LEARN NC will present the project at national conferences hosted by the National Council for Social Studies in St. Louis, the American Historical Association in Washington, D.C., and the National Council of History Education in Albuquerque.

Video made by doctoral student Jackson Olsen chosen for film festival

A video made by Jackson Olsen, a first-year student in the Ed.D. program, has been selected for showing at the University Council for Educational Administration Film Festival. The video highlights one of the three MSA leadership cohorts created in North Carolina through the Race to the Top initiative, for which faculty member Kathleen Brown serves as an evaluator. The video is one of seven selected to be shown at the festival, which takes place in Indianapolis on Nov. 8-9. The video is available online here.

Becky New participating in children’s conference in Italy

Becky New, associate professor of early childhood education, will participate later this week in a conference entitled “Child and Family Centers: Italy and the World” at Italy’s National Research Council in Rome. New was invited to serve as a discussant. Italy’s National Research Council hosted New in 1980-81 when she conducted her dissertation research on Italian mothers and infants.

Vernon-Feagans serves as discussant

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, was a discussant for a paper by Princeton sociologist Sara McClanahan at a conference earlier this month at Penn State called “Diverging Destinies:  Families in an Era of Increasing Inequality.” The discussion paper will also appear in a book as the same name as the conference. 

Suzanne Gulledge moderates panel at N.C. Women’s Summit

Suzanne Gulledge, clinical professor of teacher education, curriculum and instruction, was invited to moderate a panel discussion on education at the North Carolina Women’s Summit, held last week in Chapel Hill. The event, entitled “Ms. Behaving: How N.C. Women Make History!” was sponsored by Women AdvaNCe, a educational institute that works to improve the lives of North Carolina’s women and families.

In the media: Keith Sawyer post at N.C. New Schools blog discusses engagement

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, has a post at the blog hosted by North Carolina New Schools in which he stresses the need for engagement when adopting technology into classrooms. Learning science has demonstrated, Sawyer writes, that students learn best when their engagement is guided and channeled in well-designed learning environments. The post is available here.

LEARN NC’s Richardson, Hirsh present at library conference

Lesley Richardson, LEARN NC’s media and web librarian, and Kimberly Hirsh, LEARN NC’s managing editor, presented in four sessions earlier this month at the N.C. School Library Media Association Conference. The two presented about the new North Carolina School Library Media Coordinator Standards and Evaluation, while Hirsh partnered with Will Cross, director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at N.C. State, to present about preventing book bannings and using copyrighted works in the classroom.

LEARN NC’s ‘The Well’ takes a look at Keith Sawyer book

“The Well,” a blog hosted by LEARN NC, profiled a new book by Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations. The book is “Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity.” For the blog, Sawyer described eight steps for increasing creativity and made suggestions for how teachers can implement these steps into their own lives and classrooms. The blog post is here.

Doctoral student Ashley Costner working with N.C. DPI

School Psychology program doctoral student, Ashley Costner is working with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in several initiatives. Costner is working with Caroline Hexdall, the school psychology consultant for DPI to assist with the state’s lead school psychologist’s conferences and the N.C. School Psychologist Association Conference. She is also assisting with the development of the traumatic brain injury curriculum. This TBI curriculum for school psychologists defines the evaluation process and support mechanisms which can be implemented at the school level.  Costner will also assist with the presentation of this TBI curriculum at the N.C. DPI Exceptional Children Conference.

LEARN NC re-launches ‘Instructify’ blog

LEARN NC has restarted its “Instructify” blog, which explores tools and innovations that can be put to work in classrooms. In its latest post, “Instructify” takes a look at the “Garage Creative” blog in which Kyle Hunter describes fun, easy-to-do and inexpensive ways for teachers to explore science topics, while also sparking students’ imagination and creativity. The blog post is here.

Student Profile: Joseph Shelley took unusual path to teaching

Elementary education major Joseph Shelley ’14 is the subject of a new student profile featured on the School of Education’s website. The story examines the unusual path Shelley took to teaching, describing that he was home-schooled for much of his education. At the School of Education Shelley discovered a love for teaching and looks forward to a career in which he inspires a love of learning among his students. Read more about Shelley here.

Bytes & Bagels event Nov. 13 looks at tech integration in classrooms?

The School of Education’s “Bytes & Bagels” series kicks off again Nov. 13 with a presentation by Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, on integrating technology into classrooms. Mink will share that teachers need to modify their instructional model in ways that support student-driven classrooms, then identify technology tools that support instructional goals in new and compelling ways. The session will be held Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 10 .m. in Room 212. Faculty, students and staff are invited. Coffee and bagels provided!

Graduate Student Association holding brown bag lunch talks

The Graduate Student Association will host brown bag lunch talks, one which will offer a refresher on conference presentation skills and another on North Carolina education policy developments. The GSA is offering the session on conference presentation skills in advance of the American Educational Studies Association conference and other spring conferences. The event is scheduled for noon, Oct. 30, in Peabody 02. The Nov. 6 GSA Brown Bag is entitled “Everything You Wanted to Know About North Carolina Education Policy (But Were Afraid to Ask).” It is co-hosted by the Carolina Education Policy Student Association.  It will be held at noon in Peabody 206. Light refreshments will be offered at both events, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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SOE Brown Bag: Sam Odom

Peabody 02

Reconnect and Recharge

Faculty lunch, 11:45a.m.
CCEE Science Lab

Oct. 30
GSA Brown Bag: Presentation Skills

Peabody 02

Nov. 6
GSA Brown Bag: N.C. Education Policy Update

Peabody 206

Nov. 13
SOE Brown Bag: Steve Knotek

Peabody 02

Nov. 16
Graduate Student Visitation Day

9a.m. through 5p.m.
Peabody Hall

Nov. 16
SOE Symposium: 'Education for a New Era'

9a.m. - 4p.m.
Carolina Inn

Nov. 16
2013 Alumni Awards Dinner

Carolina Inn